Its 2017, we live in the age where everyone is a music producer with few musicians. Music has boiled into a sample pack and everything in the Key of C. When a client works with me we create musical projects that move the world. Growing up I traveled alot and was exposed to many musical forms that allowing me to see what fits.
My background is unique. Started playing piano at the age of 4 and then started vocal lessons at 8. Growing up I was heavily involved with drama, music, and art, which has helped tremendously in my professional music life. At the age of 13 started producing and rapping. Later on left high school early and then attended the University of Arts Music business Entrepreneurship program in Philadelphia. Their I had studied all the mix mastering classes and was mentored by David Petite who has worked with records from Asap Rocky to Pharrell working at some of the top music studios in New York. After taking these classes I started working at the Grammy award winning Boom Room in Fishtown Philly that offers state of the art music production, band, rehearsal, and a 4k Live stream console. Here we can producer mix master any song in any style and throw an event with professional video broadcasting. My music background is classical paino, jazz, latin, and the past 7 years I have been producing trap, edm, hiphop, dancehall, rock, alternative, psychedelic. Currently I work out of two studios, one for mixmastering/arranging
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Interview with Julyan Grant
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A recent project I am very proud of, is one with this acoustic band where we incorporated a bass, a pan, and vocalist to this smooth angelic arrangement.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on some music with bands throughout the philadelphia tri-state area, aswell as a edm hiphop album where we have been recording acoustic instruments and mixing edm synthesizers.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend sound engineers like David Petit, who is very good and I have worked with. Also I have a few friends throughout the region with limited collections of hardware that would be helpful.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I am more digital because in 2017 everything is on the computer, and many times don't have time for analog. Although thier are some qualities from analog that are crucial like hardware for mix master that I will use time to time. But unfortunately digital is the most reliable.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The usually ask what makes my services better than doing it themselves and I explain to them how I have the ability to allow them to spring board ideas.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I am involved with to many lanes, when truthfully I have alot of diverse backgrounds but ability to focus on what is infront of me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to accomplish with your music. How can I improve your work? How much are you willing to spend.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Understand what why you are creating your music and be willing to take risks. Music is something that is hard expensive, but rewarding. Make sure you stay focused and are willing to let go and have faith in your project. I myself am a recording artist and understand doing it on your own and not building the right support for your brand. but when I work for other artists
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1.Macbook with loaded samples/software 2. tube Mic 3.Clarette Amp 4.Keyboard 5.condensor mic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: As a kid we use to trade ringtones and at 10 got onto garage band and started remixing songs for cell phone ringtones. 13 is the official age when I started by getting Logic 9 and dropping an album on itunes. That was considered a big deal back then, but the quality of music was that of a 13 year old. By 16 finished 3 albums and attended music conferences across the country. 17 Left Highschool went to community college
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is aggressive, soft, and gentile. I fidget sometimes and am always thinking, But my music has a jazzy latin flair to the theory, specialize in Hiphop Vocals/special effects like making a human sound like an instrument/visaversa. Unique and quality is a must but also comercial sellable and trendy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Would love to work with artist like Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller cause they are local but also Dave east cause harlem is lit. Would love to do a track with Pressure buspipe from the USVI. I use to live their as a kid and he was a huge inspiration to VI culture/music. Recently after hearing about the hurricane down their I have been very depressed and want to go back home and do a song with him and bring back VI pride.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't produce with your mind, produce with your heart. What you make right now might not be what you need at that moment, But go with your gut and don't stop.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Growing up playing piano and then producing on logic, I started doing a lot of EDM and Hiphop. My family being from the tropics made us raised on reggae music and island vibes. Growing up in the Suburbs exposed me to a lot of indie and rock, and deep love for Nu-Metal
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest ability is seeing what something has to offer and where it can go next. Growing up people called it Adhd but really its discipline in stored growing up in the music world. Also passion is another skill, If I see something and try it it will be finished and perfect. If its not meant to happen then goodbye. To create good music it has to be all or nothing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: First off music is something spiritual so I discus with every client what do they want to accomplish with the song or project. Then we bring out the emotion color out of the song, People have good ideas but sometimes have trouble bringing it into reality.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First we discus what a client needs and what I can offer, then we can make a decision if they need studio time or online help. At home I can process vocals mix master or compose a song. While at the studio in the city their is a studio to record any instrument, and record some ideas. If you need rehearsal or other things that can be arranged as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Personal studio setup is Dynaudio BM5's and a focusrite Clarette. Also a Blue baby bottle condensor and pair of Rokit 5s for 3d sound binaural modulation.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin David Petite Tyler the Creator Tame impala Busta Rhymes King Tubby
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common job I do for clients at the moment are band rehearsals and live streams. Live stream is a new full camera system that is something the Boom room is introducing to the music world. Record your session and see what it looks like. At the other studio I have been Mixing vocals and producing beats for a few albums coming up.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To produce the best quality work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Ability to get lost in the art and see things unimaginable.